‘If you sustain your environment, it will sustain you’

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By MUSBAUDEEN SHEKONI

The knowledge of health, safety and environment is no longer the practice of only adults or engineers working in factories or in construction companies as the consciousness has been transferred to students as well. This is a yearly practice at Corona Secondary School, Agbara as it celebrated its 2013 Health, Safety and Environment Day with the theme; “Think, Eat and Save to reduce your food print.”

Addressing the students and teachers from Corona and other invited   schools, the Chairman, Dr Diran Ajayi stated that everyday, children below the age of five die as a result of lack of food. Similarly, he noted that about 1.3 million tons of food are wasted yearly because conscious efforts are not made by people to avoid waste.

He said; “Every time someone wants to throw food away, tell him that he can turn it to better things. Before you eat, think and ask yourself if after your meal, you will be leaving something that will harm your environment.”

Ajayi enjoined individuals to always ask themselves some questions before and after they eat: “How often do you waste food, how often do you finish your food, if you have a lot, do you donate to people who do not have?

According to him, if you bought more than you need, it is advisable to save.

Speaking earlier, the Director of Corona Secondary School, Agbara, Mrs Folashade Adefisayo in her welcome address said the essence of the health programme was how we and our environment could be healthy. She said it is also to sustain our environment.

Adefisayo who urged participants to be agents of transformation around them said; “When you take care of your environment, your environment will take care of you.”

On his part, Professor Olarewaju Fagbohun of Nigeria Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of Lagos campus who was the guest speaker said he loves people who can use their initiative to do what is right. According to him, “when you can think, you will discover some things that will help move the nation forward and make a change. “The relationship between you and your environment is reciprocal,” he said.

Fagbohun disclosed that if the economy of our nation must improve or grow, our environment must be taken care of, adding; “All you need is provided by the environment.” He explained that the problem we have with climate change is because we are putting burden on the environment. “Everything about you is your environment and the environment is everything about you. More than 20,000 children under the age of five die of hunger yearly,” he said.

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